Talk of Our Towns


A Big Ol’ Slab of Treat

A Big Ol’ Slab of Treat

The world’s largest Rice Krispie Treat — a 10,460-pound creation that seemed spawned from Willy Wonka’s factory — came to be on Sunday on the field outside the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge. A new TLC show called Mega Bites, hosted by San Diego restaurateur and Top Chef season-three finalist Brian Malarkey, created the [...]

Much Fun Ado-ing at A Noise Within

Much Fun Ado-ing at A Noise Within

Much Ado About Nothing has nearly every Shakespearean device except murder and mistaken identity — you’ve got your jealously, your wit, your clowns, your disguises, your courtship, a couple-three marriages, and feigned death. Mostly, you’ve got your laughs, because Much Ado About Nothing, especially as played by the expert company of A Noise Within, is [...]

What’s New with Hometown Pasadena?

What’s New with Hometown Pasadena?

The answer? A lot. So we’d like to share a bit. For one thing, readership continues to climb. Last month saw some 30,000 visitors checking in with us, reading nearly 130,000 pages in the process. We are grateful for your company and hope to hear more from you. For another, we’re proud to bring you [...]

Here Comes James Madison’s Sun

Here Comes James Madison’s Sun

This Saturday morning, our local chapter of the League of Women Voters celebrates “sunshine laws” by offering a community forum that promises to be an intelligent antidote to the, ahem, less than impressive level of political discussion on the public airwaves. So turn off the radio and TV and commune for a moment with the [...]

Arcadia Skater Ready for Her Close Up

Arcadia Skater Ready for Her Close Up

Hometown girl Mirai Nagasu hits the ice tonight for her country at the Olympic games in Vancouver, and you can be sure that all of Arcadia High — hell, all of Arcadia itself — will be watching. The 16-year-old figure skater was born in Montebello and raised in Arcadia, attending Foothills Middle School and then [...]

Book People Honors

Book People Honors

Boy, does this town have a lot of great writers. Just in the last few weeks alone, two of our own have earned national honors for their work. The most recent was children’s book illustrator and author Marla Frazee, whose new book (with Liz Garton Scanlon) All the Word just earned a 2010 Caldecott Honor [...]

The Marathon Already?

The Marathon Already?

I guess we’ve been too caught up in the Olympics and the Playhouse and other dramas, but somehow it’s just now sinking in that the Pasadena Marathon is Sunday morning…. and we’re guessing you might just be figuring that out, too. Full-course runners will be trotting all over town, starting at PCC at Colorado and [...]

Funny Valentine

Funny Valentine

Back in the fall, the Glendale-based repertory company A Noise Within staged the classic modern farce Noises Off!, and it was such a hit that they’ve brought it back for a brief extra run in February. I caught the show in this brief rerun, and I’m here to tell you: If you have time this [...]

Rainbow Wow

Rainbow Wow

Neighbors were shouting to neighbors and cell phones were ringing furiously late yesterday as a truly spectacular rainbow appeared in Pasadena and Altadena. (And not just here — my daughter was at the upper campus of Immaculate Heart High School in the Los Feliz hills and said everyone on campus and at neighboring AFI had [...]

Scholarship to Honor South Pas Student

Scholarship to Honor South Pas Student

In memory of their son, Aydin, Hamid and Azita Salek have established a scholarship fund that is being maintained by the Pasadena Community Foundation. The Aydin Salek Memorial Leadership Scholarship will be used to provide educational funds for “South Pasadena High School student leaders and/or high-achieving students of Iranian descent.” The first grant will go [...]

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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